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Sonny Rollins: "I work very hard. I wear out suits playing." - (Downbeat May 29, 1969.)

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Bob Brookmeyer: "The group's philosophy? We're saving to buy new uniforms - the ties wore out." - (Crescendo March 1965).

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Today Saturday March 25

Afternoon

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Evening

James Harrison (solo piano) - Cherry Tree Restaurant, 9 Osborne Rd., Jesmond, Newcastle. 7:30pm. No cover charge.

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To the best of our knowledge, details of the above events are correct but may be subject to alteration.

Friday, February 05, 2016

GINA SOUTHGATE @ Newcastle Arts Centre - ‘Woman Paints Music’ February 4.

(Review by Steve H/Photo courtesy of Mike Tilley)
Jazz North East’s second ‘Women Making Music’ series, following from their marvellously successful 2015 inaugural series, got off to a flying start with a solo exhibition by Gina Southgate entitled ‘Woman Paints Music’.  Gina’s art features paintings of Jazz gigs which are painted in situ during live performances. The majority of paintings on display are of musicians from the ‘Free’ jazz scene many of whom I have had the privilege of seeing in Newcastle over the last few years such as Laura Jurd, Rachel Musson, Trio Riot, The Necks and The Cookers.
However, I did spot a painting of Gregory Porter for those who prefer the more traditional artiste. Gina did a project with Hawthorn primary school in Elswick in 2014 and there is a series of these paintings on display too. She paints with acrylics on board and canvas and creates wonderful vibrant images full of colour and movement really evoking the true feel of the music.
All permutations of bands from solo performers to full orchestras are represented. My own particular favourite was of trombonist Dennis Rollins and I also particularly admired the monochromatic style works on paper, although it is really unfair to single out any one work as the exhibition as a whole is a wonderful celebration of the merging of two great art forms - jazz and painting. Whatever you do this month, make sure it includes a trip to this inspiring and fantastic show.   
Steve.
Exhibition, February 5 -  March 5(Admission free).

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Bebop Spoken Here -- Here, being the north-east of England -- centred in the blues heartland of Newcastle and reaching down to the Tees Delta and looking upwards to the Land of the Kilt.
Not a very original title, I know; not even an accurate one as my taste, whilst centred around the music of Bird and Diz, extends in many directions and I listen to everything from King Oliver to Chick Corea and beyond. Not forgetting the Great American Songbook the contents of which has provided the inspiration for much great jazz and quality popular singing for round about a century.
The idea of this blog is for you to share your thoughts and pass on your comments on discs, gigs, jazz - music in general. If you've been to a gig/concert or heard a CD that knocked you sideways please share your views with us. Tell us about your favourites, your memories, your dislikes.
Lance (Who wishes it to be known that he is not responsible for postings other than his own and that he's not always responsible for them.)
Contact: lanceliddle@gmail.com I look forward to hearing from you.

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